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Centre for dhow research to be set up at Katara.

AILYN AGONIA

DOHA A RESEARCH centre aimed at preserving the age-old legacy of dhows (traditional sailing vessels) will be established at Katara Cultural Village, Katara General Director of Culture Dr Khaled bin Ibrahim al Sulaiti has said.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Sulaiti said that the research centre to be known as Qatar Centre for Dhows will showcase dhows as a source of livelihood for Qataris in the past and feature exhibitions, festivals, seminars and conferences.

"It is aimed to serve as an information centre for Qataris, especially the young generation, as well as tourists about dhows and their significance in Qatar in the olden times", he remarked.

"Dhow is a symbol of our proud history; thus the Centre will document the history of dhow, preserving archives and stories and serving as an information centre for Qatari and tourists alike," he further pointed out.

While the new facility is still at the planning stage and actual date for its opening is yet to be announced, the organisers said among its attractions would be the display of different traditional sailing techniques that have been used by Qataris in the past and documentation of the day-to-day life of the sailors.

"The centre will also collaborate with local, regional and international organisations that share the Centre's mission and goals. It is also our aim to periodically issue newsletters and books to reach the widest audience possible," Dr al Sulaiti added.

According to Jassem Mohammed al Ali, an officebearer of the proposed Qatar Centre for Dhows, the Centre will try to provide documentations and other materials in the facility both in Arabic and English in order to cater to both nationals as well as non- Arabic speaking expats.

"We hope that the centre will give a big boost to our efforts to preserve our rich cultural heritage. We will work hard to project the bright image of our history and our grandfather's life," Ali said.

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